Verizon to discontinue making residential phone books

Tearing phone books in half is a staple of Chris Rider's act. Rider, a performing strongman from Thomasville, figures he goes through about 1,0000 a year. Full Story
Common Sense Soldier

York, PA

#1 Nov 9, 2010
That is a great disservice to anyone who doesn't have a computer. If they do this they'd better make 411 calls FREE!!
Git er Done

Red Lion, PA

#2 Nov 9, 2010
Common sense Soldier, if you don't have a computer
pick up your phone and call the phone company and
order one. They said you can order a phone book!!
Where is your common sense? Obviously you have one
but those who don't can call.

New Freedom, PA

#3 Nov 9, 2010
Terrific news. I have been recycling phone books for way too long. Don't use 'em, don't need 'em. Good decision Verizon.
ex-city dweller

Red Lion, PA

#4 Nov 9, 2010
Who uses a phone book in these days anyway. And if you don't have access to a pc somewhere you don't need to making phone calls anyway.
I am a caveman

York, PA

#5 Nov 9, 2010
I don't need a phonebook...I just ring Jenny at the switchboard and she puts me through to the Jenkins Farm.
Good News

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Nov 9, 2010
Great news, they're always inaccurate!

Shippensburg, PA

#7 Nov 9, 2010
I wouldn't mind gettin a phone book but we here at our house get 3-4 from the mail man a couple of times a year and then 2 or so dropped off at the end of the driveway. No wonder it is so expensive to run an add in the yellow pages.

Mount Wolf, PA

#8 Nov 9, 2010
Paris Hilton ain't In there anyway, what good are
they ? Needer Is Barry Soetoro or whatever name
he's usin this week.
On the Road Again

York, PA

#9 Nov 9, 2010
Great news! Less to recycle. Now if they'd just arrange the Yellow Pages sensibly, maybe I'd use it.

Stoystown, PA

#10 Nov 10, 2010
Ha! This number is for an X-rated phone sex line!

Stoystown, PA

#11 Nov 10, 2010
The CORRECT number to order a book is 800-888 8448 NOT 8488!

Spring Grove, PA

#12 Nov 10, 2010
It's about time! I'm see no reason to get 4 phone books a year just to recycle them immediately! Now how can we get rid of junk mail.... sure would save a lot of paper, postage, trash...

Since: Oct 08

York, PA

#13 Nov 10, 2010
Still need the Yellow Pages. Not everyone has a presence on the web and you can't rely on online listing services. I find it very hard to locate people based on the type of work I'm seeking to be done. It would seem simple but I needed to get a barn door built and all you can find online is garage doors, front doors or barn door hardware - but no local listings which makes it very difficult. Even online yellow pages etc you cannot find local information easily as they are so strewn with non-local advertisements they are unusable.

Since: Oct 08

York, PA

#14 Nov 10, 2010
And since I cannot read the article on YDR, I'll add this problem as well; the online listings I've seen are incomplete at best and don't offer addresses for mailing Christmas cards, etc often leading you to one of those sites that charges you to find out if it is the person you are looking for. They've got some major work to do if this is their plan.

Biglerville, PA

#15 Nov 12, 2010
Maybe Verizon is ending printed phone books becasue Chris Rider keeps tearing them up. I heard they were considering making them with 1/8" steel covers, but quickly figured out Chris would shred them as well. Oh, well.

Biglerville, PA

#16 Nov 12, 2010
saveabuck wrote:
It's about time! I'm see no reason to get 4 phone books a year just to recycle them immediately! Now how can we get rid of junk mail.... sure would save a lot of paper, postage, trash...
Save a tree, save a spotted owl, save the exspense of recycling, and save a spot in line for those losing jobs, including the loggers, the truckers hauling the logs, the paper-pulp processors, the designers, the marketing and advertising folks, and those raising the seedlings, and those who plant the seedlings to reforest after the lumbering is done in this renewable industry. I say don't save paper, use it.

Providence, RI

#17 Nov 12, 2010
saveabuck wrote:
It's about time! I'm see no reason to get 4 phone books a year just to recycle them immediately! Now how can we get rid of junk mail.... sure would save a lot of paper, postage, trash...
If you get rid of Junk paper mail, the post office will go under, too.
Frankie Goes CrAzY

York, PA

#18 Nov 13, 2010
I always looked forward to discovering the phone book somewhere in my front yard. I guess I'll just have to hide Easter Eggs from now on.
Carmen A

United States

#19 Nov 15, 2010
I think it would be a great idea for the environment and a great cost reduction for Verizon. In addition, the fonts are so small -- the folks that really use these can't see anything anyways.
Although, what about the folks that do not have nor understand how to use a computer? Do we have a game plan for these individuals?
Judy from Atlantic City

Atlantic City, NJ

#20 Dec 6, 2010
I use my telephone directory ALL THE TIME, as a reference pages/yellow pages/white pages/zip code page...I verify a location by looking up a business near where I want to go...I find alternate sources to purchase something by looking at the yellow pages listing...I have used the local maps in the front of the book to give other people directions and a sense of the size of Atlantic City. This year they weren't there...I saved pages from previous year books...I dont' recycle every year...sometimes old listings are helpful...I just found a book from 1999 in a storage box...

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